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+ Names are often a -ve

Just as we happily bid farewell to a bad me too product called Google+, new video services come online called Disney + and Apple +.  Walt Disney and Steve Jobs must be turning in their graves. Doesn’t management get that

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When one letter is sufficient in compound names

Take for example the name : Impulsports. We read at such great speed these days we don’t often notice good spelling or bad spelling. In our minds we do not even notice the phonology – let alone the correct morphology

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Worldwide Trademark Clearance

Do your names work in other countries?  How about worldwide?  Well that is a very daunting task for most product managers to achieve – in fact almost impossible to achieve guaranteed clearance without a lot of money. But you can,

Posted in Branding, International Naming, Name Origins, Naming Education, Trademarks

Confusing drug names are alarming!

Recently I was within earshot of Paramedics in the UK repeating the incorrect drug type over the phone to the awaiting Accident and Emergency department. They announced Clobazam  instead of Clonazepam. Thankfully, I was still with the patient and jumped

Posted in Biotech Naming, Branding, International Naming, Strange Names, Trademarks

$12 million to get their own names back!

What is a name worth? The National Park Service (NPS) and their concessionaire Aramark for Yosemite National Park have announced they recently settled their trademark dispute with the former concession licensee Delaware North Corp. (DNC) for a mere total over

Posted in Branding, Consumer Goods, Hospitality & Travel, Naming News, Public Site Naming, Trademarks

A Tribute to James Burke

Those of you old enough to have watched television in the 1980s may remember James Burke, host and driving force behind my all-time favorite science documentary series, Connections. In each episode, Burke would start with some scientific advancement, show how

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“I Think, Therefore I Yam…”

“…what I yam.” (A.k.a. “The Descartes-Fleischer Hypothesis of Reflexive Consciousness”) Let’s start this post with a Brighter Naming PSA: give blood! Both Athol and I are blood donors, and occasionally run into each other when the bloodmobile shows up. In

Posted in Branding, Consumer Goods, Food Names, Name Origins, Trademarks

How to Make Your Brand Image Consistent Across All Channels

In today’s world, competition for customers has become increasingly fierce throughout all industries.Branding is the key to differentiating your company from your competition. All good brands are built through the regular delivery of their brand promise. It is this consistency

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Name of the Week – Mail Chimp

For a long time I have wondered how Mail Chimp grew so big so quickly, despite some formidable competitors like Constant Contact, Vertical Response or emailforce.io. The more I looked at it the more it seemed to me they did

Posted in Branding, Domain Names, Name Changes, Naming News, Strange Names, Trademarks

Name of the Week – Hello Sunshine

Many years ago I started my first iteration of Name of the Week when I learned that search engines wanted fresh content regularly to maintain your SEO score. And this was long before blogging and social media existed, let alone

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Naming Articles

New brand insider articles from an experienced marketing team. Learn all the basics of naming, branding and trademark registration from these free reports:

Mar 2019:The Power and Value of a Trademark

Jan 2019:4 common branding mistakes

Oct 2018: You named it What?

July 2018: Sample processes from leading consultants

June 2018: 10 steps to develop a process

August 2016: How to select a naming agency.

July 2016: How to get International Trademark protection.

March 2016: You received a cease and desist letter. Now what?

May 2015: How can one product line have many trademarks?

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